LGALR 2. GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF GUARDIAN AD LITEM (a) Education and Experience Requirements. (1) Attorneys (a) Member of the Washington State Bar Association in good standing; and (b) For initial placement on registry, completion of any training as required by statute. For retention on registry, completion of any continuing training, as may be required by statute or the court from time to time. (2) Non-attorneys (a) For initial placement on registry, completion of any training as required by statute. For retention on registry, completion of any continuing training, as may be required by statute or the court from time to time. (b) Eligibility to be determined by the court. (b) Application and Annual Renewal. Any application shall be submitted on a form provided by the court and shall be renewed annually by date specified by the court. The application shall include the following: (1) The name, business address, and telephone number of the applicant. (2) The level of formal education of the applicant and, if the applicant is an attorney, the year admitted to practice in Washington State and any other States in which the attorney is licensed to practice. (3) A listing of training relating to the GAL's duties. (4) The number of years' experience as a GAL. (5) The number of appointments as a GAL, Counties of appointment and types of matters. (6) The applicant's criminal history as defined by RCW 9.94A.030. (7) Any additional evidence of applicant's education, knowledge, training, and experience. (8) A statement describing the nature, status, and outcome of any complaints, investigations, disciplinary actions, lawsuits, or liability claims lodged against the GAL related to the person's duties as a GAL or their profession along with any orders for removal of the GAL entered prior to the completion of the GAL's duties for any reason other than a conflict of interest where the GAL had no prior knowledge that the conflict existed. (9) A description of the fees to be charged by the applicant (hourly rate and any required retainer) and a statement of the applicant's willingness to accept cases on a reduced fee basis. (10) Agreement to advise the court immediately in the event of any complaint, investigation, or action being commenced related to the applicant's duties as a GAL in the instant or any other case which could lead to: (a) Discipline of the applicant; (b) The suspension or revocation of the applicant's professional license(s). (11) Agreement to advise the court immediately upon the filing of criminal charges for a felony or a crime involving allegations of theft, dishonesty, or moral turpitude. (c) Retention on Registry. (1) Persons on the registry shall promptly inform the court of any temporary unavailability to serve, or of their intent to resign from the registry. (2) A person shall remain on the registry unless the person fails to maintain a current application with attachments or the person is removed or suspended as set forth in Section (g). (3) A person may be denied listing on, or may be temporarily suspended from, the registry for any reason that places the suitability of the person to act as GAL in question. (4) A GAL who ceases to be on the registry and who still has active or incomplete cases shall immediately report this circumstance to the Registry Administrator, who shall reassign such cases. (5) A person's retention on the registry shall be reviewed upon the court's receipt of a complaint regarding performance in office or the court's receipt of adverse information regarding the suitability of a person to serve as a GAL. Complaints shall be reviewed in accordance with Section (g).
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